Cities are on the front line in the fight against climate change because that's where most people live, work and play. Urban centers are able to control their building codes, land use rules, through organized highly focused and well-targeted smart city initiatives — New York City has been a stand-out in this arena.
The Sallan Foundation commissions and broadcasts white papers and reports from leading practitioners and universities on matters for advancing useful knowledge for greener cities.
The Second Year White Paper, prepared by Adam Hinge, Managing Director, Sustainable Energy Partnerships and Michael Bobker, Director of the Building Performance Lab at CUNY, is an independent non-partisan assessment of data gathering software and benchmarking data quality.
The First Year White Paper, prepared by Michael Bobker, Director of the Building Performance Lab at CUNY, provides insight into issues key to public awareness, private decision-making and sustained public-private effort to understand and improve energy use in New York City's large buildings.
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"Greening the code" as a critical path to 30x30. Sallan commissioned the CUNY Building Performance Lab to assess the green potential of the NYC Building Code and report back about what the City's 2007 Building Code revisions can and cannot do.